16 of the top 20 Research Journals Let Ad Networks Spy on Their Readers

Eric Hellman, Go To Hellman, Mar 24, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Via Audrey Watters comes this post from Eric Hellman showing that most research journals allow advertising networks to spy on their readers. "I'm particularly concerned about the medical journals that participate in advertising networks," writes Hellman. "Imagine that someone is researching clinical trials for a deadly disease. A smart insurance company could target such users with ads that mark them for higher premiums. A pharmaceutical company could use advertising targeting researchers at competing companies to find clues about their research directions."

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